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Saturday, June 6, 2015

DVD Review: Captain Apache

 
As a blu-ray release of Captain Apache has yet to appear (but is rumored to hit the US in October), I have opted to give a DVD review of the best quality version of this DVD on the market.

Most copies you will find of Captain Apache are of an old full screen public domain print that has been floating around since the 1980's.  In 2000 UK Stonevision released a partially widescreen version of the film (in 1:78 aspect ratio, not the proper 2:35).  Until recently this was the best you could do for this film. 

Finally in 2013, UK company Simply Media, released a 2:35 anamorphic widescreen DVD.  Unfortunately, this DVD has only been available in Europe, and as such is region 2/PAL encoded (making it unplayable on most US DVD players)


VIDEO

This DVD does present Captain Apache in full widescreen for the first time, however it is not a stellar transfer.  Image is quite soft, and was obviously pulled from a good quality videotape source.  Color is slightly muted, which could be an aspect of the original print.

Screencaps below-






AUDIO
 
Lee's singing is extremely glorious in this edition!  Also you will notice the Robert Reitty has dubbed pretty much every ones voice except the 3 leads!  English audio only on this disc.
 

EXTRAS

None.


This is the best Captain Apache has ever looked, and probably your best bet until we see a Blu-ray release.  Below is the widescreen evolution of this film on DVD.

 


THE GOOD:
  • Widescreen
  • Decent image quality

THE BAD
  • Region 2 (UK) only
  • No extras

 Amazon.co.uk - Captain Apache DVD

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